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Bills receive approval for games in Toronto

February 2, 2008

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— The NFL map will include Canada now that the Buffalo Bills will play an annual regular-season game in Toronto starting this year.

Citing the "tremendous amount of interest" the Bills generate across neighboring southern Ontario, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the team would play a regular-season game in Toronto in each of the next five seasons.

The plan also includes three Bills preseason games - one every other year starting this season - in Toronto during that stretch.

The NFL has played games outside the United States, most recently when Miami faced the New York Giants in London in October. But the Bills will be the league's first team to do it annually.

In his pre-Super Bowl address to reporters, Goodell said the Bills' plan, first presented to league owners in October, "was done thoughtfully to help regionalize the team even more broadly."

Goodell sidestepped questions regarding the NFL's interest in basing a team in Toronto.

"That's not our focus right now," Goodell said in Phoenix.

But he didn't rule out the possibility of playing more games in Toronto.

"We'll never take out the idea it could lead to more, but that's not our plan," Goodell said.

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